Reading questions on Plato’s “Crito”

My apologies for getting these up a bit late.

(1) Crito argues that Socrates should escape the city of Athens. He offers several reasons. What are the reasons he offers?

(2) Before he explains why he is obligated to stay and face his execution, Socrates reminds Crito of several principles that they have traditionally shared. What are some of these ideas?

(3) Why does Socrates say that we should not pay attention to the opinions of the masses regarding questions of justice? Is his argument convincing?

(4) Why does Socrates say that it is always wrong to do an injustice, even if an injustice has been done to the person? Is this argument convincing?

(5) Near the end of the dialogue, Socrates has “the laws” speak: what are the arguments the laws use to convince Socrates and Crito that Socrates must not escape? There are several different ones, so be sure to differentiate between them.

(6) Do the laws violate the principles Socrates first establishes with Crito? More to the point, is there any reason to think that the laws Socrates describes are just?

(7) Do you think Socrates believes the argument he gives to Crito? Try to make the negative case. If he does not believe them, why does he make the arguments?

(8) Is the argument that Socrates makes in “Crito” consistent with his defense of philosophy in “The Apology”?


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